Wednesday 29 May 2024

The BBHQ Midweek News Round-Up ~ Fudge's Sneaky Spot ~ Pandora's On The Fence, and Melvyn's Wearing This Weeks Top Pick Bandana **PLUS** SUNSPOT OF THE WEEK

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Furbulous Greetings Supurr Furiends

Welcome to the BBHQ midweek news round-up!

Well, it's been a bit of a mixed bag weather-wise the last few days, with more rain and clouds than sun.

So there was no outdoor painting or much gardening happening at all, but the P.A. will get to it in due course, on the next sunny weekend.

And the Flower of the Week is a beautiful delphinium—just look at that pawesome shade of blue!

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 The Catnip Seeds Have Been Planted

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Oh, we forgot to mention a couple of weeks ago that we planted this year's catnip seeds. Some are just starting to peek out of the top of the soil, so we'll share their progress next week.

And yes, we know we're a little late planting, but other stuff got in the way.

Anyhoo, let's look at this week's top headlines.

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First up in the news this week

Fudge's Sneaky Spot

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It was quite nice late on Caturday afternoon, so Fudge found himself a nice little sneaky hotspot on the deck.

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Next up in the news

Pandora's On The Fence

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Pandora was on the fence watching what everypawdy else was up to!

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Finally this week

Melvyn's Modelling The Top Bandana Pick

This week Melvyn is modelling the last bandana of May.

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Melvyn took less than three minutes to shoot this week's video; he was on it! MOL

Check out Melvyn strutting his stuff on your preferred social media channel:


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Which one should he model next?


Ahem, if mew missed Amber's post on Friday, mew will know that Melvyn has been banned from modelling for the month of June. Instead, Amber has imposed many library duties to keep him occupied.

He was quite upset when he found out last night that there were no new bandanas, and that Amber has put her paw down and is exerting her authority for his insolent behaviour.

Hopefully, he'll learn his lesson and be back on the catwalk in July with a brand-new collection.

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Check out this week's sunspot of the week

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Fudge nailed clawed the half-in, half-out vibe!!

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Smooch took it to an all-new level with this angle! MOL

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And Parlsey didn't quite make the brief being two-thirds in and one-third out! MOL

Who do mew think had the best spot this week?

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That's a wrap for us today, Amber will be back on Friday with another fab book just for mew and if mew missed any other posts, here are the links:

The B Team's Selfie

Cats have Purroblems Too

Amber's Latest Book Review

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Monday 27 May 2024

CATS HAVE PROBLEMS TOO! with Dr Basil ~ Featuring Today's Despurrate Dilemma **HELP! I HATE CAR RIDES!**

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Happy Monday, furry floofers

Welcome to another episode of Cats Have Purroblems Too, where I give epically epic advice to cats with despurrate dilemmas too great for them to solve alone. 

 Take a seat, and read today's despurrate dilemma and my solution.

Also, mew may be pondering on what my professional credentials are, so purrlease purruse the list below:

Ph.D. in Kitty Psychology & Psychiatry
BSc (Hons) Headology  
Psy.D. Furry Logic
 MS. Fuzzy Logic
MA. Common Sense

My other Professional Credits include:

NOM Master
Snoozy Savant
Purr Master
AdvoCat of T.L. Treatment
Touchy Feely Therapy or T.F.T
Purrfume Aroma Treatment or P.A.T.

I can help mew to solve all your Pet Peeves, Purrsonal Problems and Despurrate Dilemmas, no matter how great or small they may be.

Plus, I 
only use the very latest techniques, some of which I have developed myself over my long and esteemed career, which include:

 Purr Therapy ~ For Uptight and Particularly Stressed Kitties 

Nom Zen ~The Art of Nomming in Total Tranquility 

ZZZ's Snooze Sensation ~ Including Mewsical CatNap Sessions tailored to your purrsonal requirements

YogiCat Meditation ~ Stretches and Breathing Techniques for the Severely Stressed & Overworked

Intense CatNip Therapy ~ This treatment speaks for itself (I find it very beneficial)

I am also an AdvoCat of Tough Love coupled with a healthy dose of common kitty sense

Purrfume Aroma Treatment ~ A Sensory Smelling Session S.S.S. to calm and soothe with highly aromatic blends of specially selected scents

To help mew release all your stresses and worries just drop by my clinic held here or, alternatively email me your purroblem, and I'll answer here. If mew require to remain anonymous or anon, purrlease include that in your email. 

Mew can contact me directly at the following address:

DearDrBasil (at) gmail (dot) com

So come and sit on my supurr comfy couch, reee-lax, breathe deeply and tell me of your troubles, as I'm ready, willing and able to help.

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This is one of my cases via email:  


Dear Dr Basil, I hope this message finds mew well. I'm writing to mew in a state of utter distress and confusion. My human, whom I love and adore, has been subjecting me to the most harrowing experience known to catkind - car rides.

Every time they open that metal contraption, I know I'm in for a rollercoaster of emotions, none of them pleasant. The loud noises, the strange movements, and the unfamiliar scents all combine to create a terror-inducing experience that leaves me shaking in my fur.

Dr. Basil, please, I implore mew, help me find a way to communicate to my human that car rides are simply not my cup of milk. Yours fluffing terrified, Roger

This is my Expert Reply
Today, I use the colour BLUE, which is the pawesomely soothing colour of CALM and hopefully will be the purrfect choice for this particular purroblem.

Dear Roger,

I understand that car rides can be a source of great distress for many felines. But sadly dude, we cats can't avoid the occasional car ride. But don't panic, I have some top tips to help mew and your human navigate this issue and hopefully make the experience less traumatic and terrifying for mew: 1. Create positive associations: Encourage your human to associate car rides with positive experiences. This could involve offering your favorite treats, engaging with beloved toys, and gradually introducing short rides to pleasant destinations such as the park or a friend's house. 2. Gradual exposure: Start by spending time in the stationary car without actually going for a drive. This can help desensitize mew to the car environment and reduce anxiety associated with the unfamiliar sounds and movements. 3. Comfort and security: Ensure that your human provides a comfortable and secure carrier or seat for you during car rides. Familiar scents from home and cozy bedding can help alleviate anxiety and create a sense of safety. 4. Calming aids: Your human can explore natural calming aids such as pheromone sprays or calming treats to help reduce your stress during car rides. These aids can provide a soothing effect and help create a more relaxed environment for mew. 5. Consult a veterinarian: If your fear of car rides is particularly severe, it may be beneficial to seek advice from a veterinarian. They can provide further guidance and support tailored to your specific needs, including potential behavioral or medical interventions to help address your distress. I hope these detailed tips provide some relief and help improve your car ride experiences. Remember, communication is key, so don't hesitate to express your feelings to your human in the most persuasive ways possible.

Yours most sincerely
Dr. Basil
@ The Cats Have Purroblems Too Clinic T.M.

Today's Top Tip is:

~ Always Take Your Time -  Sometimes New Experiences Need A Gradual Approach  ~
If mew can relate to this purroblem or feel that mew are in need of any assistance, purrlease leave a comment to: Dear Dr Basil.... or email me directly and I'll get back to mew.

Thank mew all for joining me today at The Cats Have Purroblems Too Clinic, and I'll be back in a couple of weeks with another open clinic and a new case study.

Until then, Keep Calm and Purr

Dr Basil

Ph.D. ~ BSc. (Hons) ~ Psy.D. ~ MS ~ MA

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Sunday 26 May 2024

The B Team's Fantasy Forest Selfie on The Sunday Selfies Blog Hop

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Meowvellous Sunday greetings furiends

Welcome to another BBHQ selfie selection, and today we asked the bunker A.I., Vera, to create a fantasy forest scene for us to pose in. As this weekend is a Bank Holiday in the U.K and there's no way we were going to go bipping around in the TTTB and bumping into loads of peeps! MOL

The B Team's Fantasy Forest Selfie 

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Don't worry though, we'll hop back on the stone circle trail next weekend, we'll get up extra early! MOL

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We're also joining in Athena's Fabulous Art Hop so do stop by and show off your pawesome arty-farty skills.

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The effect was created with Befunky - AI Enhancer, Pointillism 1 + Lens Flare - Sunbeam, + colour changes to hue and saturation.

We also turned this fab arty-farty picture into a puzzle, so do stop by the puzzle page and take the Puzzle Challenge, see if mew can beat our time of 10 mins 58 secs. 

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We're off to see if it's fit to go on a little garden safari, as it's been raining on and off, plus the P.A. was going to finish the raised beds, but got rained off. Maybe it'll happen today, or not! MOL

Mew know what Smooch is doing, yep, he's in charge of lunch, what would we do without his expert cheffing? MOL

We hope mew're having a paweome holiday weekend, and we'll be back tomorrow with a brand new Cats Have Purroblems Too post, so join us then, and don't forget to...
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Don't forget to join in the pawesome Sunday Selfies Blog Hop with

 Angel Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo, Cooper Murphy and Sawyer ~ visit them at their pawesome blog:

Link up coming later...

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Friday 24 May 2024

**FELINE FICTION FIX** Book Reviews with Amber at The Mewton-Clawson Library #283 featuring **Cat Trick** by Sofie Kelly PLUS Friendly Fill-Ins

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Hello meautiful library guests 


Welcome to the Mewton-Clawson Library at BBHQ 

Thank mew for joining me in the stacks today. And there's nothing quite like a fresh, fluffy blanky is there?

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Mew, remember last week when Melvyn gave me some lip? Well, I'm fixing his wagon, good and propurr.

I'm not having any of that kind of slather. So I decided the other night that I'm revoking his modelling privileges for the month of June, and he's going to spend that time in the library dusting the shelves and straightening up all the books.

I haven't told him yet because he thinks the P.A. is making him four new bandanas. Little does he know that I have other plans, which will be revealed in next Wednesday's post, as he's expecting to see four brand-new designs ready for the month ahead, and there won't be the bandana reveal he's expecting.

And the moral of the story is, don't hiss off the head librarian! MOL 

Anyhoo, what books have mew been reading this week?

Apart from this week's top pick, I've also reread (R.R.):

Eternal Kiss of Darkness by Jeaniene Frost - Night Huntress World Series BK 1 (R.R.)

Mort by Terry Pratchett - Discworld Series BK 4 (R.R.)

Masquerade by Terry Pratchett - Discworld Series BK 18 (R.R.)

It's been a bit of a slow reading week, and I've not read any new books, but I do like to reread stuff. Unless a book is totally fluff, I'll reread things endlessly.

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Today the P.A. is also joining in Friday Fill-ins Blog Hop with the pawesome 15 & Meowing and Four-Legged Furballs.

1. My plans for the long weekend include __________________________.
2. _________________ is the messiest person I know.
3. I can’t thank _________ enough for _________.
4. I don’t understand why so many people _________.

The P.A.'s answers are...

1. My plans for the long weekend include painting the door and fence leading from the potting shed to the new vegetable garden. I also have to line the raised beds with a membrane and then fill them with soil. Also, I was going to make Melvyn four new bandanas for June, but Amber said NO! (Oh dear!)

2. My mum is the messiest person I know. Not messy in the sense of a suitcase exploding and there's stuff everywhere, but rather a slight lack of organisation.

3. I can’t thank my cats, aka The B Team enough for being so fluffing EPICALLY EPIC! LOL

4. I don’t understand why so many people drive on the wrong side of the road on blind bends on narrow country lanes. Do they have fluffing X-ray vision or something? 

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This week's top book pick is...

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Cat Trick

A Magical Cats Mystery Book 4


Sofie Kelly

       Here's a little snippet of the book blurb:      

Kathleen Paulson enjoys her life as a small-town librarian with two extraordinary cats, Owen and Hercules, who provide companionship during the quiet times and have a remarkable talent for sleuthing when murder disturbs the peace...

The local businesses of Mayville Heights hope to convince Chicago-based company Legacy Tours to sell a vacation package for their town. Legacy Tours partner Mike Glazer grew up in Mayville Heights, but he’s no longer the small-town boy people once knew. Even the local bootlegger has an issue with the bossy loudmouth Mike has become - until someone shuts him up for good.

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A few weeks ago I rediscovered this pawesome series, and I'm now on a mission to review the entire Magical Cats Mystery series before the end of the year.

Here are my previous reviews:

Cat Trick, the fourth instalment in Sofie Kelly's A Magical Cats Mystery series, is a captivating and charming cozy cat mystery that keeps mew eagerly turning those pages. The story follows Kathleen Paulson, a small-town librarian, and her two remarkable cats, Owen and Hercules, as they once again find themselves embroiled in a murder investigation that shakes up the peaceful town of Mayville Heights. The narrative unfolds with the town's concerted efforts to entice Legacy Tours, a Chicago-based company, into featuring a vacation package for their idyllic locale. However, the situation takes a grim turn when Mike Glazer, one of the partners of Legacy Tours, is discovered deceased. Unable to resist her natural inquisitiveness and with a nudge from her feline companions, Kathleen immerses herself in the investigation, despite the disapproval of her detective boyfriend, Marcus Gordon. Sofie Kelly's writing seamlessly intertwines a cleverly crafted murder mystery with a delightful dose of humour and allure with a dash of magic. The endearing feline pair, Owen and Hercules, add an extra layer of whimsy to the narrative, making them stand out as beloved characters in their own right, and as I said last week, we'd hire those two in a heartbeat! MOL As Kathleen delves deeper into the case, the town's secrets and tensions unravel, keeping mew engrossed until the very last page. Cat Trick is an enchanting blend of cozy allure, compelling mystery, and endearing characters that will leave mew eagerly anticipating the next escapade with Kathleen and her magical cats. And I purrsonally can't wait to get my mittens on book five again!

Another Totally Top Paw Read


A furbulous addition to this wonderpurr series. That's five down, eleven to go! MOL

Paperback: 336 pages
Audiobook: 9 hours 8 mins
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Ratings of:

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I really hope mew enjoy the book as much as I did if mew decide to read it.

It's time for me to say BFN or bye-for-now as mew know the drill; so many books, so little time and I'll be back next week with another specially paw-picked book just for mew, and don't forget that all my previous reviews can be found on my Book Review page.

Until next time...

Keep calm and read more books


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